Congreso Internacional «Magallanes, Elcano y las circunnavegaciones». Sevilla. 7-9/10/2020

XIX International Reunion for the History of Nautical Science Magellan, Elcano and the circumnavigations. Seville, 7th-9th October 2020

Dear colleagues, The International Committee for the History of Nautical Science is pleased to announce the upcoming international conference on «Magellan, Elcano and the circumnavigations», being the Nineteenth International Reunion for the History of Nautical Science (IRHNS XIX). The conference will take place on 7th-9th October 2020 in Seville (Spain), hosted by the Pablo de Olavide University and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Since 1968, previous IRHNS conferences have addressed issues concerning technical aspects of navigation, essentially History of Nautical Science, History of Nautical Cartography, and History of the Ship. At IRHNS IV, which took place in 1983, there was an opening for disciplines such as Maritime History, Cultural History of Navigation or Underwater Archaeology, which continue to be part of the thematic scope of the meetings. Each of them has followed a general subject and a geographical or chronological framework.

On occasion of the fifth centenary of the first circumnavigation of the world, the IRHNS XIX will be dedicated to analyzing and discussing scientific and nautical aspects (including cultural, practical and theoretical subjects) connected to Magellan and Elcano’s navigation. The conference will be open to dialogue on scientific issues related to the first oceanic voyages across the oceans, great sailings and other circumnavigations from the 16th to the 21st century. In line with this, the conference theme will be «Magellan, Elcano and the circumnavigations».

IRHNS XIX seeks to provide a forum for scholars and researchers of Nautical Science, Maritime History, Underwater Archaeology and other related disciplines to present on their latest research. The organization invites interested young postgraduate researchers to apply. IRHNS XIX also wishes to create awareness among graduate students and wider public of the interest in nautical science within the broad field of maritime history.

¨ Proposals: We welcome original papers in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish, on the conference theme or any related topic. Individual oral presentations must be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

¨ Submissions: Proposals must be written in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish, and sent as email attachments to the following email address: Please make sure that your submission (one Word/pdf file) includes the following information:

– Title of paper and up to five keywords

– One-page abstract no longer than 350 words.

– Author’s/Authors’ name(s) and affiliation(s)

– E-mail address(es) and postal address(es) – Audio-visual equipment required (computer, video, etc.)

Please name this file “SURNAME_Name”.

¨ Deadline for reception of abstracts is 15th March 2020. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent by 15th April 2020.

¨ No fees will be required to participate in this conference.

¨ A selection of papers will be published in a double-blind peer-reviewed edited volume.

¨ All the information about the conference will be available at

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¨ Previous IRHNS conferences papers are available at

We hope you will circulate this call for papers to your colleagues and others in your professional network, and to any discussion groups to which you may subscribe. For more information, feel free to contact us. We hope to welcome you to Seville in October 2020 and thank you for your interest.

Scientific Committee:

Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota

Consuelo Varela, Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos, CSIC

Delphine Tempere, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

Edward Collins, University College Dublin

Flor Trejo Rivera, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México

Francisco Contente Domingues, Universidade de Lisboa

Guadalupe Pinzón Ríos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Iris Kantor, Universidade de São Paulo

José María Blanco Núñez, Armada Española

Pablo Emilio Pérez-Mallaína, Universidad de Sevilla

Richard W. Unger, University of British Columbia

William D. Phillips, University of Minnesota

Wolfgang Köberer, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Organising Committee:

Salvador Bernabéu Albert, Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos, CSIC

José M. García Redondo, Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Vicente Pajuelo Moreno, Universidad de Cádiz

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